PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)

PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is plasma with many more platelets than what is typically found in blood.

Although blood is mainly a liquid it also contains small solid components (red cells, white cells, and platelets.)

Platelets contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors which are very important in the healing of injuries.

For PRP preparation blood must first be drawn from a patient. The platelets are then separated from other blood cells and their concentration is increased during a process called centrifugation.

Then the increased concentrated platelets are combined with the remaining blood.

 

Our nurse practitioner Mara performing a PRP hair treatment to help thicken hair on our lovely patient Kate.

PRP hair treatments are very popular for both men and women!

During Dr. Goldberg’s plastic surgery residency he spent 2 years doing his master’s thesis on tissue engineering. A large part of his work involved the use of platelets.

Platelets are fragments of specialized cells that circulate in our blood. They are storehouses of growth factors and anti-inflammatory substances.

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a technique that involves taking blood from a person and separating the platelets so that they can be injected to take advantage of the substances they contain. It can do things such as tighten or smooth skin, reduce inflammation, and stimulate growth in tissue such as hair follicles.

Usually, it requires two to three treatments for the substances in your platelets to achieve their intended goal. The results will typically last about a year.

Recently, Health Canada mistakenly stopped use of these treatments, despite the fact that we’ve been safely using Health Canada approved techniques and materials for two decades. After some effort and lobbying from the plastic surgery community, we were able to get Health Canada to recognize the issue and reaffirm their approval of these treatments.

We continue to offer PRP therapy to our patients. Given the recent media interest, we’ve seen significant increase in patient requests for this. We welcome your inquiries, and would be pleased to see you to discuss this treatment option.

At the Dr. Cory Goldberg Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics Clinic, we offer PRP therapy and encourage you to ask any questions you have about how it works and if it’s right for you.

To speak with Dr. Goldberg privately request a private appointment and we’ll be happy to arrange your complimentary consultation.